Proving that Chiropractic Works with Every Step! One Doctor's Journey

By Todd A. McDougle, DC


This October I celebrated my 20th year in practice. The many experiences that I've had have been what has honed my skills as both a Doctor of Chiropractic and as a person. Not all things have gone as planned, but those experiences both good and bad, have been like a knife to the sharpening stone. Imperfections still exist both professionally and personally but time and further challenges will surely continue as my journey within this profession continues.

From the time I began, hardship and struggle seemed to be a constant friend. Exposure to those with post-polio syndrome and its resultant scoliosis, damaged and rotted spines from 40 years of standing on concrete, mangled feet, knees, and hips appeared at my door with such high frequency. Oddities such as eight cervical vertebrae, hemi-vertebrae, post-surgical syndromes of all kinds and not limited to the spine, plagued my community where I cut my teeth as a young doctor. Who knew that all of this was to prepare me for the opportunities as a Chiropractor to help others and change my vision for what my profession could actually do when applied with purpose? One of these experiences I will share with you now. An unlikely encounter that proved that my version of Chiropractic worked and with hard data and in a fashion that had never been done in the history of Chiropractic.

In 2015, through a series of events, I had the opportunity to meet and work with an inventor by the name of Vince Rizzo. Vince had been involved with scientific processes through his work with companies like Roche Laboratories. He had been the designer of many experimentations but the one I was exposed to would further open my eyes to the power of Chiropractic.

Vince had proposed that we work together to develop a device that would be the antagonist of pressure based orthotics by dispersing foot pressures. He had been working for years to develop a mill that would cut an orthosis based upon some pressure mapping technology he had put together with a computer program he had created. I was intrigued of course as a non-traditional, out-of-the-box thinker. As our work together moved forward, I had the idea to use the pressure mapping technology to assess the pre and post adjustment results of my own Chiropractic applications. I've never strayed from challenging my own work and proving its effectiveness was yet another way of enhancing my skills. The most unusual feature to this idea, was the fact that we would be assessing the plantar surface using this mapping technology during 30 seconds of active gait. It had never been done before. The most exciting aspect was that it not only proved that there was a change, but that my version of Chiropractic had stellar results.

Now, throughout, you may be thinking; "What does he mean "HIS" version of Chiropractic"? Well, we all do things our own way knowing that through trial and error what seems effective versus that which does not. Even B.J. Palmer eluded that sometimes a kick in the pants may even occasionally work! What I had done however is developed a standardized process, wrote it down, then challenged its results via objective means. That seems a lot like science!

The people in the study that we put together were typical for my patient base. There were people with different types of scoliosis, anatomical short right or short left legs, fused spines, surgically implanted rods, screws, total hip and knee replacements, fused feet, damaged hips and knees, as well as those both young and old. Initially we took into consideration of 18 people later adding another seven to a total of 25. We took those that had never been treated before and those that had up to 44 treatments and combined them to further challenge our position.

As a study group, we couldn't have chosen worse subjects than these for a study that proved the effectiveness of Chiropractic! Not to give too much away on the front side, but we realized a 94.4 percent positive correlation between symmetry (balance), foot pressures, and chiropractic treatment during 30 seconds of active gait! To spite of ourselves further this was only the initial group and even though we added more of the same to "round-out" or data, the "mean" stayed the same while the percentages continued to improve with the addition of more subjects. What I will present will be the initial testing. Please enjoy the study and remember that this has never been done before in the history of Chiropractic!



Todd McDougle, D.C. is a 1997 Palmer graduate.  After a serious injury, he was determined to rehabilitate himself, so he got back in the gym. Before long he injured his back, so at a friend’s urging, he visited a chiropractor. That chiropractor helped him so much he decided to pursue a career in chiropractic and sports medicine. 

Dr. McDougle continues to overcome big challenges by thinking outside the box. When he began working with the International World Strongest Man competitors in the late 90’s, he developed his own dynamic pelvic chiropractic adjustment technique to help these unique and powerful athletes not only meet but often exceed their performance goals in the competition. Over time he’s seen “the McDougle method” of adjusting help athletes of all kinds improve their performance.



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